Sunil Joshi to help Bangladesh spinners combat Australia

If Steven Smith’s team will be relying heavily on the inputs of its spin bowling coach Sridharan Sriram to tackle the South Asian conditions, Bangladesh will also be looking up to a former India spinner — Sunil Joshi — to wreck the Aussie attack.

Sunil Joshi has been roped in as the spin bowling consultant by Bangladesh Cricket Board for the Australia series.   -  K. Ramesh Babu

When Australia takes on Bangladesh in the first Test this Sunday, both the teams will have an Indian link. If Steven Smith’s team will be relying heavily on the inputs of its spin bowling coach Sridharan Sriram to tackle the South Asian conditions, Bangladesh will also be looking up to a former India spinner — Sunil Joshi — to wreck the Aussie attack.

Just a few days before the first Test, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in Joshi as its spin bowling consultant for the Test series.

The Bengaluru-based Joshi will be flying out to Dhaka in a day or two to join the side. Confirming the development to Sportstar, Joshi said he is looking forward to the new assignment. “I am just going to Bangladesh for the Test series. I will be helping them out with the spin department,” Joshi, who played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs for India, said.

“I am just going to Bangladesh for the Test series. I will be helping them out with the spin department.” — SUNIL JOSHI

For the while, the BCB was trying to get a specialised spin bowling consultant for the Australia series and even looked to rope in former Aussie cricketer Stuart MacGill. But then, the Aussie declined the offer, thus paving the way for Joshi.

Coming with a fair experience of coaching various first-class teams, Joshi is excited about the new job in hand. “It’s going to be a new thing. I am looking forward. Bangladesh has done well in the last series against Sri Lanka. They have good spinners and it will be a good challenge playing against Australia. They will be comfortable playing in the home conditions,” Joshi said.

Earlier this year, when Bangladesh toured India for a one-off Test, the BCB had approached Joshi to take charge as its bowling coach. But things didn’t work out that time. But before an important series, the BCB officials made it a point to get him on board.

While the Aussies called off its first warm-up game, scheduled for Tuesday, owing to wet ground conditions, the Bangladesh cricketers are hoping to make the most of the opportunity. At home, spin has been its biggest strength and the home side will be hoping to rattle the star-studded Australian batting line-up.

For that, the team now has Joshi to look up to!